Seasonal influenza is a respiratory tract infection that may cause severe complications that may lead to inpatient care. The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza. By taking the flu vaccine, you will protect yourself and your family and friends. Seasonal flu viruses are constantly changing, which is why last year’s seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you against the coming seasonal flu.
The seasonal influenza season has not yet begun. The flu vaccine will protect you against both A and B influenza strains, which are prevalent in the fall and in the spring. A vaccine taken very early before the beginning of the flu season will not effectively protect you against the disease in the spring.
Influenza vaccinations in Vantaa
Large-scale influenza vaccinations for Vantaa residents will start in the week beginning on November 8, 2021. The vaccines will be administered at pandemic vaccination points as of November 8, as well as at some health centers in November on Sundays. The online appointment service and phone appointment service will open on October 29, 2021.
The free-of-charge seasonal flu vaccine is especially recommended for those belonging to the risk groups listed below:
people 65 and older
children ages 6 months - 6 years
those belonging to the risk groups due to their illness
those starting their military service
health care and social welfare employees with client contacts as well as medical treatment employees.
Another risk group for which the vaccine is recommended consists of the inner circle of people especially vulnerable to severe influenza. The definition of the inner circle will be specified in the Government decree that will be published in October, before the appointment service opens.
The flu vaccines will this year be primarily given at the pandemic vaccination points, as well as health centers’ vaccination receptions. Also, schoolchildren, students, and those starting their military service will get their vaccines at these points.
Flu vaccines at counseling bureaus
Counseling bureaus will administer vaccines to their clients in connection with appointments, as well as at specific influenza vaccination appointments on the counseling bureaus’ premises as of November 8.
Counseling bureaus will vaccinate:
Children ages 6 months - 6 years. Children aged 2-6 years will be given the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension influenza vaccine.
Pregnant women and their family members.
Family members of under-6-month-old babies.
Family members of counseling-bureau-age children belonging in risk groups.
We will publish more information when the time for the seasonal influenza vaccination is nearer.